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Pocket Hole Screws

 

Professional furniture makers have used pocket hole joinery for years ...and for good reason. It's a simple way to achieve a strong, permanent joining of two pieces of wood.

So exactly what is a pocket hole, and what's so special about it? A pocket hole is simply a hole drilled at an angle that forms a pocket for the screw. Think of it as a highly engineered toe-nailing technique. What makes it precise is the design of the pocket hole jig that guides the drill bit into the wood at a specific angle to produce an engineered hole to house the screw head.

After the pocket hole is drilled, a specially designed fastener is used to assemble the joints. These case-hardened screws are designed with self-drilling tips that will not split the wood when the screws are driven in, even in hardwoods such as oak and maple.

One of the advantages of pocket hole joinery is that you only need to use one clamp to complete a project — because each joint is assembled individually.

Another advantage is that there's no need to wait for the glue to dry before continuing on with your project. Once you drive the screws, the joint is permanently assembled, allowing you to continue building and giving you the opportunity to complete your project in hours rather than days.